Flick Gives Actor Kick in Flesh Gordon 'schtick' Cosmic
Cheerleaders Meet their Match in Flesh Gordon Remake.
Hollywood North producing another Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise or Michael
J. Fox? If a young Burnaby actor runs into a little luck, it may
Murdocco's face and frame may soon fill movie screens, dominate
posters and adorn bedroom walls. The likable, 22-year-old Canadian
cruiserweight kick-boxing champion is hoping to add another star
to his dressing room door.
The future 'sex symbol,' already the focus of a fan club for young
teen girls, has the looks and charm to break hearts, a positive
attitude to open doors, and the drive to work hard enough to 'make
it.' "When I put my mind to it, I do it," said Murdocco.
Burnaby North grad wasn't always movie star material, or even "half-decent
looking," he admitted. "When I was younger, I was a fat, overweight
kid. I wasn't that good-looking. I used to get pushed around all
the time by everybody." - But as a champion kick boxer, Murdocco
doesn't have that problem anymore. Hot got into shape learning Tai
Kwon Do and only took up kick-boxing about 2 1/2: years ago. He
progressed quickly to achieve the championship in such a short time.
Now he is one of the few people who is getting a chance at the silver
opportunity happened by accident when he drove his girlfriend to
an audition for an upcoming film. The producers picked him, but
not her. So now he is Flesh. Flesh Gordon, that is. And he's starring
in a remake of the 14-year old Flesh Gordon soft porn movie. But
Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders is more of a sex comedy
along the lines of Porky's and The Naked Gun, said Murdocco.
blonde, blue-eyed Burnaby man comes from a close Italian family.
He admitted having early reservations about the movie when he started,
but after reading the script and becoming involved in production,
he's sold on it. But he wasn't the only one looking at the movie
with some skepticism. Some of his friends had comments like: "Do
you know Vince, you're gonna be naked?"
Most friends and family, however, are behind him because they know
he wouldn't do anything disgusting. Murdocco said he also wouldn't
disappoint all the young people, including his fan club, who lookup
to him because of kick-boxing. He believes it will be okay for his
teenage fans-"the cutest things on earth -- to see his movie. The
reason he is so confident is the movie itself is "hilarious." Even
on days off, Murdocco goes in to the set to watch the fun. He predicted
that curiosity will also draw viewers. Murdocco said there is not
a lot of nudity or sexual suggestiveness in the film. "When you
come from outer space, how do you think the girls-are gonna dress?"
he asks rhetorically.
Murdocco is not viewing the movie as a one-shot wonder. He's seeking
out stardom. There's room for another young heartthrob, he said,
one with martial arts experience.
Flesh, Murdocco uses his skills to beat on a monster at the start
of the film. In reality, he actively pursues martial arts interests
and works out regularly after hours, generally going for late night
For now though, the young man, who majored in languages at Langara
College and speaks French and Italian, works full time at the Port
of Vancouver as a shipping co-ordinator. He is on a six-week leave
of absence to complete filming. His ambition once included working
as a translator for the airlines or government. He said he hasn't
given up on that but is going to flirt with the footlights first.
All the flashy trappings of stardom have not gone to Murdocco's
handsome head. He has a natural smile and an honest, friendly manner.
He promises success won't change him. Murdocco turned his back on
a chance to model in Japan because he doesn't want to miss out anything
happening here. He wants to appear on locally produced television
shows such as 21 Jump Street. He feels young now and can afford
to try all the options. He doesn't want time later for regrets.
Morry - "BURNABY NEWS"
February 15, 1989